To the wanderlusty young professionals among us: is there any greater letdown than the vacation withdrawal? You know what we’re talking about. You planned a trip for weeks or months, saved for it, took time off from work, maybe even challenged yourself to a preparatory juice cleanse — the new you was finally becoming a real person! — and then you returned home slightly sicker, fatter, and sadder than you’ve felt since New Years. Overindulgence and little foresight into the post-vacation future will do that to anyone. And while nothing will ever fully cure the back-to-reality blues, injecting a little mindfulness into your holiday is sure to at least take the edge off. Even better, giving one or all of these tricks a shot may even make the trip itself more rewarding.
Turn on your out-of-office email reply — or don’t
Traditional wisdom tells us to completely unplug while on a getaway. Those messages can wait, right? If you’re the type who feels a real release when you know you don’t have to check your inbox, that’s great. (Also, is your company hiring?) But plenty of those climbing the career ladder find that the stress of professional negligence will really harsh a vacation mellow. If your stomach drops every time you think of unanswered emails piling up, carve out an hour each morning of your trip to catch up on your correspondence. It’ll give you a real sense of accomplishment and keep your mind from drifting to your now-imperfect attendance record at your weekly staff meeting.
Explore the sights on foot
Hey, cars are awesome. They get you from Point A to Point B with ease and keep you from acquiring more blisters than you have toes. But exploring a city or rustic escape with a run will not only familiarize you more quickly, it’ll keep you from feeling like you’re still full from lunch when you sit down to dinner. (That’s right. We know how you eat on vacations.) Whether you’re lacing up your sneakers for an honest-to-goodness workout or taking a late-evening walk to catch a glimpse of the city at sunset, getting out on two legs is a guaranteed way to make your day better. And with step-counting apps like Breeze, it’s easy to feel motivated to get up and move. Not sure where to start? Go where the healthy people are, like outdoor trails and pedestrian-friendly city streets.